Fabri-Quilt. When contacted by Lisa and asked if I would
like to participate, I jumped at the chance.
Here's the star I selected! It has a very traditional
look but is pieced together in a much simpler way.
So let's get started!
And there you have it!
For a chance to win one of 3 fat quarter bundles of Marblehead Venetian Glass, sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric on their blog (using the "follow" button or the "follow by email" button in the right hand side bar) and leave an email letting us know you did, as well as telling us your favorite star block. You can leave a comment to enter once for each post during the Star Sampler hop (9 entries total). The giveaway will be open through Monday, March 17th at 11:59 EST, and we'll randomly pick 3 winners on Wednesday of that week. Make sure you catch the tutorial for all the blocks in the sampler!
...for those of you who like to English paper piece.
Several years ago Bonnie Hunter has blogged about buying a hexagon paper punch she had found in a craft store and how fabulous it was. Right then and there I knew I wanted one. Not enough to go online and buy one but enough to comb the scrapbooking aisles of every craft store I went into to find one. I'd always find lots of punches but never hexagon ones. This hexagon punch had become my unicorn...a myth that people hear about but never see.
Well...while roaming the aisles of JoAnn's the other day, I FINALLY found what I had been searching for all these years...and not just one but THREE!
X-Large = 1" hexagon
Large = 3/4" hexagon (the one I use most)
and the Medium = 1/2" hexagon
Pretty fabulous...right?! Never more will I have to order hexagons...at least in these sizes. When I got home I did a little math to figure out what kind I'll be saving cost wise.
I used coupons to buy all three:
X-Large retails for $17.99...got it for $10.79
Large retails for $14.99...got it for $8.99
Medium retails for $10.99...got it for $6.59
Now onto the saving for the pieces themselves. I compare the prices of what it would cost me to buy them from a manufacturer/retailer versus using a 250 sheet ream of 65 lb. paper that costs $15.99 from WalMart. 1"
1 ream makes 5,000 pieces = Total $15.99
4 pkgs of 1000 @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 100 @ $3.50 each = Total $147
1 ream makes 8750 pieces = Total $15.99
5 pkgs of 1500 pieces @$35.00 each + 1 pkgs of 750 @ $19.00 + 4 pkg at $3.50 8,750 = Total $206
1 ream makes 20,000 pieces = Total $15.99
13 pkgs of 1500 pieces @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 250 @ $3.50 each makes 20,000 = Total $462
One last thing...on top of all those savings, the punches have a lifetime warranty so save that receipt in case you ever need to get a replacement.
I know I've been absent for almost a month but it's been for a good reason. I've been finishing up entries for our local quilt show which occurred this past weekend.
Anyone who knows me personally, knows I hate entering quilt shows. It's just never really been my thing. I know my work isn't perfect. I know what I could've been done better with each piece. And I cringe at the thought of a judge critiquing my work and pointing out the flaws and why I didn't win.
With that said...since moving to Florida I've made some friends that encouraged me to enter. Sometimes they even had to give me a kick to keep going and finish. And I'm glad they did because it pushed me to want to do my best work. I'm still not going to win any awards in Houston or Paducah but I'm pleased with the results.
First, as a group we entered the Group Challenge and took third place. For our challenge we each created a quilt using Tula Pink's City Sampler book. Which blocks, how many, and the layout was up to each person. As a group, I think we did pretty good. They all looked good next to one another and had cohesion.
Here are the pics of our group entry. Thank you Joey for letting me steal photos from your Facebook page.
On the left is Joey's map of Barcelona using Zen Chic's Barcelona fat quarter bundle. She even added in a Mariner's Star and map legend. It was very cool...and very outside the box.
On the right is Margy's quilt. She used Kate Spain's Simply Color bundle along with other pieces from her stash. Margy was the only one of us that made all 100 blocks.
On the left is Donna's bed runner. She used a small sampling of Tula's blocks and used Asian prints.
On the right is Maureen's using tone on tone prints. Never in a million years would I have thought to use Tula's blocks in the way she did. It was a pretty awesome idea...and very effective!
And here is mine...feathers and all. I call it "Dear Tula." It may look familiar to you because I created a smaller version with leftover blocks in December to practice my feathers before quilting this one.
The judge's comments were that my quilt had "excellent asymmetrical balance" and the "change in scale works well." She also said that I need to "strive for more consistent stitch length" which I was painfully aware of before entering it. Sometimes I move faster than my machine can quilt.
My second entry was "The Butterfly." Back in January it received a Best Machine Applique award from the board members of the guild that hosted the challenge and it hung at the Mancuso World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach.
At this show, it received second place in the Small Machine Applique category. The judge's comments were that it had "high contrast fabrics for striking design" and an "additional border treatment may have added to this design." I totally agree about the additional border...if I were ever to do another black quilt for a show. It just doesn't show well against a black curtain...a definite lesson learned.
She also noted bearding on the quilt and that I needed to use black batting...which I did. It just goes to show judges aren't always right and they make mistakes sometimes too.
And lastly, my third and final entry was for the Member Challenge. I call it "Tropical Beauty".
Here is a picture of it after it was blocked and bound. Sorry the photo is not better. It's hard to see all the feathers in the quilting which is what I'm especially proud of. The challenge winners were decided by ballot as a Viewer's Choice. And I'm happy to say it took second place.
The challenge theme was "Quilting in Paradise." We were to create a quilt no larger than 24" square with some type of foliage and we had to use the green fabric on the left in the first photo below.
Here's a look at all the entries as they hung at the show. I was really impressed by all the entries.
In this photo you can see the 1st (turquoise) and Honorable Mention (white) winners.
And here is 3rd (yellow) and 2nd (green-me) winners.
Well I'm off and running. I have a couple of quilts to longarm.
Till next time...hope y'all have a great rest of your week!